The Seventh Continent

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Released 1989

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Director:
Michael Haneke
Released:
1989
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The Seventh Continent is a 1989 Austrian drama directed by Michael Haneke. The film tells the story of an urban middle-class family that lives a plain and uneventful life. Georg (Dieter Berner) works as an engineer, his wife Anna (Birgit Doll) is an optician and they have a young daughter Eva (Leni Tanzer). The last years of their life are depicted in the film, as they decide to commit suicide due to a nervous breakdown or depression caused by daily routine. The scenes that contain mostly action, without much speech, are showing the family closing their bank accounts, quitting their jobs, selling their car and telling people that they are emigrating to Australia. They treat themselves with a luxurious meal, start destroying all their property and flushing the money in the toilet, before carrying on their suicide plan. The title of the film "The Seventh Continent" is a reference to Australia, symbolizing the escape from the isolation in modern society and the boring repetitive life.moreless

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  • 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    The Seventh Continent is a calm chronicle of hell, a clinical look at how commonplace people can erupt into despair or violence. Bleak, cool, beautifully controlled, liberatingly i...

  • 100

    The Guardian Peter Bradshaw

    A chilling and utterly brilliant film whose final, excoriating sequence is frankly sufficient on its own to justify the genius tag.

  • 50

    Slant Magazine

    By concentration exclusively on humanity's negativism, Haneke proves to be as damagingly reductive of life's possibilities as the emotional malaise he sets out to expose.

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